Dinner on our last night in Turkey really captured a lot of what I loved about the country. It was in an exotic setting, we climbed a tall stairway to get into this cave house, and on the walls there were many square cut-outs that were once used for pigeons. The house has three levels, and upstairs was the small bedroom and bath, but our dinner party took up two tables on the main floor.
We had a catered dinner with lamb and chicken shish kabobs and plenty of local wine. Then two men got up and began playing music from the north of Turkey. Sad songs about having to leave and somehow related to the Kurds and their struggles in Turkey.
The conversation flowed as the musicians entertained, with a small drum and a stringed instrument…then he sang, providing an uplifting soundtrack for some of our videos we’d be sharing from the trip. The Turks are such great hosts, take care of everything, happy to share their thoughts, hate being oppressed by their leaders, and are tourism masters all around.